Brown Rice & Tofu Salad Bowl with Tahini Dressing

Just a bowl full of goodness. Warm nutty brown rice, fresh spinach, crunchy carrots and beets, crispy tofu – all wrapped up in a glorious creamy tahini dressing. The dressing – oh. my. this. dressing. I apologize in advance if you want to put this on anything and everything you eat, I know I have. The recipe for the dressing leaves you lots left over – the other night we ate it with some sauteed broccoli and rice, and I’m sure it would be great on bok choy, cabbage or any other grain as well,  or maybe just on a spoon – like I said, anything and everything. But this salad bowl is a great place to start.

Brown Rice & Tofu Salad Bowl
(Adapted from Whitewater Cooks Glory Bowl)


Makes 1 salad serving and lots of dressing. The dressing can be adjusted as you like, I’ve seen variations which use lemon juice and  ginger – which would add lots of freshness. Use whatever you have one hand – that goes for the salad too, quinoa or any other grain would work great!


  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 125g tofu, chopped into bite size cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small carrot, grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 small beet, grated ( about 1/4 cup)
  • Handful fresh chopped spinach
  • Toasted sunflower  and sesame seeds
Tahini Dressing
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes*
  • 3-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • Water as needed
What to do
  1. Prepare your favorite brown rice. The cooking time for the rice will give you plenty of time to get the rest of the salad ready
  2. Make the dressing – in a blender add the tahini, garlic, vinegar, tamari, yeast flakes and combine until blended. Add the oil in a steady stream and continue blending. Taste, and thin out with water as you like (I added a couple tablespoons
  3. Add the coconut oil to a skillet over medium heat and let melt, then add the tofu and let cook until brown and crispy on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  4. Place the cooked rice in the bottom of your favorite big bowl, add the veggies, top with crispy tofu and seeds – then smother in as much dressing as you like
* Nutritional yeast flakes can be found at most health food stores and resemble bread crumbs

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  • This looks delicious Jodi! I’m maing it this week…

    • Oh yay! Let me know if you do, and you should definitely order the Whitewater Cooks cookbook 🙂

  • This was delicious jod! I defs recommend adding some lemon juice and zest! xo

    • Thanks, Courtney! So happy you liked it – totally agree about lemon juice – so fresh! xx

  • Anonymous

    just tried this tonight… delicious!

  • dannwebb

    Looks interesting, but in your endeavour to get cool close-up photos, there isn’t a single photo that actually shows what the dish looks like as a whole. It’s not very interesting to see the bits left on the bottom of the grater .. give us a picture of the whole thing!

  • The Mistress of Spices

    Can’t wait to try this! What would you sub for the nutritional yeast flakes?

    • Hi there! Sorry for the late reply, we are traveling at the moment with limited access to wifi. Unfortunately I don’t think there is a good replacement for nutritional yeast flakes, they have such a unique flavor. I know in France, and back home in Canada, they are easily found at big grocery stores or health food shops. If not so much good stuff is available over the internet now im sure you could order some, a box is rather inexpensive if you really want to give it a try! Hope this helps! x

  • dannwebb

    Wow .. you don’t like criticism, do you. My request to have photos of the entire dish, as opposed to the bottom of a grater, was removed. How precious can you get.